Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
Pour out your heart to him... After years of pouring out my heart to people and coming away disappointed, I experimented on myself and began only pouring my heart out to God. One or both of the following always happen when I practice this method of expression. Sometimes, the person who is the object of my heart pouring actually changes, or, and this outcome more likely, my heart & attitude over whatever the situation is with that person changes. Only God can do that, and either way, I am not disappointed.
This passage from Psalm 62 is a clear indication that God intends for me to inhabit a safe space, for that is exactly what a refuge is. It is definitely not the same “safe space” coined by fragile, self-absorbed masses in the last decade. They mistakenly believe that other people and their words are their problem. But making demands on broken people will not help solve the problems of another set of broken people. Real safety, a place where I can experience real freedom, is only possible with God because his methods do not depend upon other people.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Including a safe spot in my heart for interpersonal well being. (Matthew 6:33)
Thank you for showing me that life is good, free, and even simpler when I remember to let you handle things for me. I don’t have to take charge, bust in, give everyone a piece of my mind and demand my own way. It accomplishes little and doesn’t give me what I really need. I love the invisible safe space you occupy in my heart where you teach me and help me and change my mind about people and things. I love you so much and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.